5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Changed The Indian Fashion Retail Scene

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​Tina Tahiliani, Ensemble

​Established in 1987 in Mumbai, Ensemble is a well-known name in the Indian fashion retail space, that has promoted Indian designers over the last 35 years. It became the first Indian fashion store to stock multiple designers under one roof. Tina Tahiliani Parikh took over the reins of Ensemble from her brother designer Tarun Tahiliani who founded the brand. With her vision, the multi-brand luxury fashion store has become synonymous with Indian design, innovation and craftsmanship, and revolutionised fashion and has multiple stores across Mumbai, New Delhi and an e-commerce presence spanning across the world.

​Pooja Gupta, Amiraah India

​Amiraah in Kanpur curates haute selections of some of the biggest names in the fashion industry like Tarun Tahilani, AM-PM, Namrata Joshipura, Anushree Reddy and more. Founded by Pooja Gupta, this multi-brand boutique has been playing the role of a catalyst for Kanpur's fashion scene - reinforcing its image as a bastion of fashion.

​Dr Alka Nishar, Aza

​Founded in 2005 by Dr Alka Nishar, Aza is a premium fashion retail space with collections from ace designers Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Varun Bahl, Sabyasachi and more. With Aza, she wanted to create a friendly, welcoming space that showcases the best of luxury Indian fashion for women and men. Her daughter has now taken the baton to make fashion approachable and position the brand as an authentic Indian one-stop-shop solution for designer wear.

​Tanisha Rahimtoola Agarwal, Curato

​Curato was conceptualised by Tanisha Rahimtoola Agarwal to disrupt the elusion and mindset that men aren’t conscious about fashion. She is the daughter of Azmina Rahimtoola who founded Atosa - one of India’s finest multi-designer stores. While Curato delivers a curated collection of menswear ensembles from revered designers to budding talent, Tanisha’s vision of giving men an exclusive and comfortable environment with unlimited variety to experiment with their style has been a go-to option for many.

​Pernia Qureshi, Saritoria

​Founded by Pernia Qureshi, the global platform of Saritoria was started to be the first, one-of-its-kind revolution regarding the global circular economy and encouraging pre-loved fashion. Qureshi is known to have uniquely mixed her personal style and entrepreneurial choices, having created and curated e-commerce platforms such as Pernia’s Pop Up Shop before, also a multi-designer retail space.

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